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Day after Thanksgiving recipes


Photo:  Joey Koehling

There are many great recipes for Thanksgiving, but what about the day after? You know, the day that officially starts the Christmas shopping season! For many of us, the day after Thanksgiving is a busy day, full of shopping, planning and if we are fortunate, relaxing!

We celebrate Thanksgiving with relatives, so I don’t end up with the turkey leftovers. Boo! I’m including a few quick recipes for the ones of us who don’t have turkey on hand. One is a great crock pot recipe for Chicken Cacciatore and the other is my favorite chili recipe.

Use these recipes the day after Thanksgiving or any time during this busy holiday season.

Chicken Cacciatore

3 garlic cloves, smashed or 3 t minced garlic
1 large onion, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
8 oz package of sliced mushrooms
4 bone in, skin on chicken breasts
1 t kosher salt
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 t sugar
1 t Italian seasoning
16 oz rotini pasta
Parmesan cheese

In bottom of crock pot, place onions, mushrooms, bell peppers and garlic. Place chicken breasts on top of veggies. Sprinkle with salt. Combine tomatoes, sugar and Italian seasoning in bowl. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 8 hours.

After cooking, carefully remove chicken from crock pot. Remove bones and skin, if desired. Pour sauce and veggies over pasta, top with chicken pieces and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Delicious!

Note: You can substitute boneless, skinless chicken breasts and use a 28 oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce in the place of the tomatoes, sugar and Italian seasoning.

Also, I find with my crock pot recipes, that the cooking time should be no longer than 8 hours. After 8 hours, the vegetables and meat become too soft. You may want to invest in an electric timer to plug into your crock pot or upgrade to a programmable one.

Lots of Beef Chili

2 lb ground beef
1 large onion, diced
2 t minced garlic
16 oz can pinto or kidney beans, undrained
½ c ketchup
14 oz can diced tomatoes
16 oz can tomato sauce
2 T chili powder
1 t pepper

Cook beef, onions and garlic until ground beef is browned. Drain fat. Add in remaining ingredients and simmer for 1 hour. This may also be prepared in a crock pot. Just add all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours.

Note: I use an inexpensive mini food processor to puree my tomatoes to hide their presence from my children!


  • Kellie Burgess-Cincinnati Budget Meals Examiner 5 years ago

    Sounds yummy!